Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I mean it should be. I mean we need to make it an important meal. And by important I mean eating a healthy breakfast. Since mornings are usually busy for us especially on weekdays (and I suspect for most families too), of late I am trying to incorporate fruits wherever possible. A mixed fruit smoothie is something I make most mornings now using a mix of fresh and frozen fruits. It hardly takes more than 10 minutes including clean up of the blender. Btw, I love my new smoothie blender – Ninja Master Prep it was one of the cheapest ones that I found on amazon but I am so glad I got it. I chose it mainly because it seemed easy and light to handle. And that is a very important thing for me now because of my arthritis.
Last weekend while making french toast, I was going to make a smoothie as usual to accompany it when I suddenly thought of something. Why not add the fruits into the French toast? So I decided to make a French toast sandwich with a blueberry jelly in the middle. I rustled up a quick blueberry jelly using frozen blueberries. The kids just loved this blueberry French toast sandwich! I am guessing this one is going to be a keeper now and I am already thinking of all other variations that I can do here!
Blueberry French Toast Sandwich
For the blueberry jelly:
- 1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tbsp sugar
- pinch salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp corn starch mixed with 2 tbsp water
1 cup milk
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
about 2 tbsp butter (for pan frying the bread)
4 Whole grain bread slices (I used Oat bran)
powdered sugar for dusting and extra berries for serving
In a small cooking pot, add the blueberries with the water, sugar and salt. Heat on medium flame for about 5-7 minutes until the berries turn soft and mushy. Turn heat to low and add the corn starch mixed with water to this and keep stirring on low heat until you get a jelly like consistency. – About 2-3 minutes. Turn heat off and keep aside.
In a small mixing bowl, add the eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla and whisk welt form a smooth mixture.
Heat a frying pan. Turn heat to medium and Add a dab of butter.
Dip a slice of bread into the milk egg mixture using your hands making sure to get the mixture coated on both sides of the bread. Place this slice of bread immediately on the heated pan with the butter. Now, place about 2 tbsp of jelly on the bread slice and spread it using a spoon to cover the slice fully. Now dip another slice in the egg milk mixture and place that slice over the slice with the jelly (to make a sandwich on the pan). Let the bottom slice cook for 1 more minute and then carefully flip the whole sandwich to cook onto the other side for about 1 more minute until golden brown. remove sandwich from pan into a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar and serve with extra berries on top!